Looking for budget Chinese eats in Downtown Vancouver? You might want to consider New Peace Restaurant located on Davie and Seymour. Their name is called “New Peace” but they have the exact same menu as Peaceful Restaurant which has 3 locations in Vancouver. I think it had something to do with the restaurant having changed ownership. New Peace Restaurant serves good Northern-style Chinese food at affordable prices. They are known for their noodles that are hand-made in house which be ordered as hand-dragged (long, round and softer) or blade-sheared (wide, flat and chewy). This post reflects my experiences from two visits to New Peace Restaurant.
Something Soupy at New Peace Restaurant
When the weather is cold outside, I definitely feel like something soupy and warm. On one occasion, I tried the Xi’an white lamb stew ($8.95) which was a tradition lamb dish steeped with diced flat-bread, napa cabbage, woodear mushroom and cilantro. The flat bread was quite chewy and delicious. This stew was definitely a healthier option for comfort food.
My friend enjoyed her Lan-Zhou beef soup noodles ($7.95), which was sliced five-spiced beef and spinach in broth.
On my more recent experience, I tried the stewed lamb soup noodles ($8.95) which had tender lamb, napa cabbage and woodear mushroom in a light broth. It is very similar in taste to the Xi’an white lamb stew, and it fit my need to have something hot and comforting!
Budget Lunch Options
New Peace Restaurant has daily lunch specials for $6.99 and some other good lunch menu options under $10. We ordered the spicy ginger beef which came with rice and soup for $8.50. The dish was described as *spicy* but it was really mild to me. The dish was okay and had a nice sweet taste to it.
The spicy ginger beef was complemented with a seawood and egg soup that was salty. This provided balance to the sweetness of the spicy ginger beef.
Show Me the Buns!
No Northern-style Chinese meal is complete without some buns! We tried the xiao-long bao steamed buns which are filled with minced pork, ginger and a savoury a sauce. It tasted pretty authentic with a great sauce inside the buns.
We also enjoyed the steamed porked buns ($7.95), which had a nice soft pork filling and the bun texture was nice and fluffy. My husband who is from Northern China felt that it was pretty authentic and that he would want to order the steamed porked buns again.
The service at New Peace restaurant is okay for a casual Chinese eatery: my tea was refilled and someone attended to my table quickly. My standards are low in general for casual Chinese restaurants since they typically have spotty service.
Overall, New Peace Restaurant has some great authentic Chinese eats for the foodie on a budget. I am happy that the food comes out nice and *hot* which is great comfort food for a cold day. They have the option of ordering online as well, which I might be interested in trying in the future.